screen: photographed 9/14/2020
screen: photographed 9/14/2020

Shipbreaking #10, Chittagong, Bangladesh


Artist
Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, b. 1955)
Date
2001
Medium
C-print on fuji crystal archive paper
Dimensions
Image : 18 x 20 in. (45.72 x 50.8 cm)
Sheet : 27 x 31 in. (68.58 x 78.74 cm)
Frame : 30 x 40 in. (76.2 cm x 1 m)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2015.43.2

Label
The son of a factory worker, Edward Burtynsky has spent much of his life as an artist exploring the impact of industry on the natural environment. This haunting image belongs to a series of photographs Burtynsky took in Bangladesh, where he documented the often-dangerous work of disassembling de-commissioned container ships. Using rudimentary tools and little safety gear, the people of Bangladeshi coastal towns like Chittagong break down huge ocean-going vessels into their constituent materials that are then recycled, burned or discarded in nearby landfills. While the recycling part of this process is generally positive, many older ships contain large quantities of asbestos, lead paint and other toxic substances that may persist and cause harm to the environment for decades or even centuries after the ships are dismantled.
 

Object Type
Photograph